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2dr Cpe
  • 2dr Cpe
  • 2dr Cpe S
  • 2dr
  • 2dr S
  • 2dr Cpe John Cooper Works
  • 2dr John Cooper Works
2dr Manual Coupe
  • 2dr Manual Coupe
  • 2dr Auto Coupe
  • 2dr Red Rock Edition Coupe
  • 2dr Final Edition Coupe
  • 2dr Convertible
  • 2dr Final Edition Convertible
4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Sport
  • 5dr HB Man s Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Sport
  • 5dr HB Auto s Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man s Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Grand Touring

Prices

MSRP $18,800 $18,690 $15,345
Invoice $16,920 $17,747 $14,387
Avg. Paid $12,116 $10,469 $9,281

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.9 6.9 8.4
Critics' Rating 8.8 7.1 9.4
Performance 8.5 7.4 8.7
Interior 6.5 6.6 8.5
Operating Cost 7.8 8.0 8.1
Safety 9.2 7.7 9.3
Reliability 3.0 2.5 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Excellent fuel economy for a sporty car
  • Good safety scores
  • Many standard safety and interior features
  • Good stopping power
  • Well-made interior
  • Standard heated front seats
  • Outstanding performance
  • Quality interior
  • Good safety scores
Cons
  • Very little rear-seat room
  • Small cargo space
  • Below-average reliability score
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Convertible has little cargo space
  • Tight second-row seats
  • Below-average safety ratings
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Divisive smiling front grille
  • Cramped second-row seats

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas 4-Cyl 1.6L/97.5 Gas I5 2.5L/151 Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG 28 City / 37 Hwy 20 City / 28 Hwy 25 City / 33 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 97.1 98.8 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 145.6 161.1 180.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.3 67.9 69.1
Height, Overall (in) 55.4 59.0 57.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional Optional
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2568 2884 2868

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Steel Wheels Standard
Wheel Covers Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Optional
HID headlights Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Optional Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Optional Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 4 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 81.0 94.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 38.2 38.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4 39.4 42.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 50.3 52.8 54.9
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 53.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 36.7 37.5
Second Leg Room (in) 29.9 33.5 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 44.7 49.3 54.0
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 52.2
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 24.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.0 11.8

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional
A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Optional Standard
Leather Seats Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I5 Gas I4
Displacement 1.6L/97.5 2.5L/151 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 118 @ 6000 150 @ 5000 148 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 114 @ 4250 170 @ 3750 135 @ 4500
Transmission Manual Manual Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 35.1 35.8 17.1

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 28 20 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 37 28 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 14.5 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Torsion Beam Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/stabilizer bar w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/stabilizer bar w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard